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Frank Stoltze was born and raised in Santa Barbara, where his father taught him how to body surf and golf and his mother showed him how to tell a good story.

Frank graduated from Southern Methodist University with Doak Walker and started his radio career in San Luis Obispo, cutting his teeth covering Diablo Canyon and the Monarch Butterfly grove. He went to work for KLON (now KKJZ) in Long Beach in 1991 and covered the riots before becoming news director at KPFK, where he learned who Noam Chomsky is.

Frank joined KPCC in 2000 and loves its downtown bureau, a stone's throw from Central Market tortas.


Stories by Frank Stoltze

Mother speaks about son's jail suicide

The mother of a man who committed suicide at Los Angeles County Jail spoke out about her son’s death yesterday. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Lawmaker, alcohol industry battle over DUI bill

A Democratic assemblyman from Southern California and a restaurant lobbying group are battling over a bill that would require an ignition locking device on cars owned by people convicted of drunk driving. The device measures blood alcohol content. Debate over the bill has heated up after the deaths of Angels baseball pitcher Nick Adenhart and two of his friends who were hit by a drunk driver last week. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Sheriff's monitor finds more deputies driving drunk in annual report

The independent monitor of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says alcohol-related arrests of deputies and other sheriff's personnel doubled last year. More on the story from KPCC's Frank Stoltze.

Mayor Villaraigosa delivers 'State of the City' address

In his annual State of the City address Tuesday, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa repeated his call for city workers to share in the pain of one of L.A.'s worst-ever budget deficits. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

ACLU calls for closure of downtown LA jail

The American Civil Liberties Union today said Los Angeles County has failed to improve conditions at its downtown jail, and called on officials to close it down. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

ACLU calls on LA County to address 'horrific' jail conditions

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California today called on Los Angeles County to close its downtown jail. Margaret Winter of the ACLU’s National Prison Project said the jail is “grossly overcrowded.”

ACLU seeks closure of downtown LA's Men's Central Jail

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California sought to apply pressure to Los Angeles County today to close its downtown jail. The civil rights group said while the county's made improvements at the facility, it remains one of the worst lock-ups in the nation. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports.

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano visits Southland

Federal Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited the Southland today. She toured Los Angeles International Airport and the ports of L.A. and Long Beach. KPCC's Frank Stoltze caught up with the secretary as she spoke with reporters on the Coast Guard station athletic field on Terminal Island.

Governor promises vigorous campaign for ballot measures

Governor Schwarzenegger promises a vigorous campaign for six budget measures on a special May 19 ballot. KPCC's Frank Stoltze says the governor has a lot of work to do.

LA city labor unions present ideas to save money, jobs

Hoping to avert layoffs, labor unions that represent Los Angeles city employees plan to present money-saving ideas for the city tomorrow. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze says union leaders are calling it an “efficiency summit.”

State to house special inmates in Lancaster, despite opposition

State prison officials today said they’ll proceed with plans to house special needs inmates at the lock-up in Lancaster, despite opposition from the city’s mayor. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

Angels pitcher Adenhart killed in hit-and-run car crash

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart and two other people died in car crash shortly after midnight – just hours after the rookie major leaguer pitched at Angels stadium in Anaheim. Adenhart was 22 years old. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.

2 indicted for faking funerals, collecting insurance

A federal grand jury in Los Angeles has indicted two women for cashing life insurance policies on people who’d never lived. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze has more.

Governor Schwarzenegger asks for federal stimulus money for education

Governor Schwarzenegger today asked the federal government for $5 billion in stimulus money for education. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports that the governor hopes to reduce the number of teacher layoffs in California.

Couple faces one-two-three punch in bad economy

Tens of thousands of Southern Californians have lost their jobs this past year. Economists predict that the number will reach into the hundreds of thousands by December. KPCC's Frank Stoltze reports that some families have faced a double whammy.